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Transgender Issues

Candis Cayne Defends Drag Race: 'I Don't Think the Word "Tranny" Is Wrong'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Throughout her career, Candis Cayne has admittedly embraced her role as an unofficial spokeswoman for all things trans. When it comes to the community's recent outcry against terminology deemed "transphobic" on RuPaul's Drag Race, though, Cayne takes an opposing stance.

Kumu Hina: A Story of Triumph for All of Hawai'i

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 08.10.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

This film tells a story of love, transition and acceptance. In order to support those whom we love, we must be willing to bear witness to their struggles and triumphs, and understand their perspectives.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Is Flawless, Perfect, Etc On Wendy Williams Show

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Laverne Cox stopped by the Wendy Williams show yesterday and continued to remain captivatingly flawless -- even in the wake of a few probing and probl...

Dispelling Myths, Misconceptions and Lies About Gender-Nonconforming Children

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently, a video about a transgender child in California went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it's time to put these misconceptions to bed.

James Nichols

New Project Explores The Diverse Transgender And Gender Nonconforming Community

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 06.08.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new project is in the works that elevates the lives individuals whose gender identity or presentation exists outside traditional understa...

Name Our Own

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

Dorothy Allison wrote, "Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is just this -- if we cannot name our own we are cut off at the root...." I use this quotation each year for my church's Trans Day of Remembrance service, an event I am tired of observing. I'm weary of counting our dead, and weary of reading the ways we die.

Grieving a Child Who Is Still Alive

Mary J. Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

My daughter Grace passed away in September 2010. There wasn't an obituary. There wasn't a funeral. There wasn't a casket or even a body to put in it. No one sent me sympathy cards. No one brought me casseroles. This wasn't because no one cared yet. It was because my child was still alive.

WATCH: Exploring The Lives Of Trans Masculine Men

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices

An important new series hit the web this week that takes a look at the lives and experiences of a group of fictional trans characters played by real t...

What Does It Really Mean To Be Transgender?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new documentary that will begin screenings around the country this week hopes to humanize the faces and experiences of those within the t...

I Am Loveworthy: How a Transgender Woman Found Love

Andy Marra | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

Drew has helped me truly accept that I am loveworthy, deserving of being loved for all of who I am. He has shown me that I have been and always will be more than enough for someone.

A Poem for the Awkward Moments Trans People Find Ourselves in Every Day (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

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It's Not the '80s Anymore: Transition-Related Care Is Basic Health Care

James D. Esseks | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices
James D. Esseks

Determinations of what medical treatments are covered by Medicare are made mostly by regional decision-making bodies, but there is a small number of national rules -- called NCDs -- regarding whether certain treatments are covered by Medicare. In 1981, HHS issued an NCD that Medicare does not cover transition-related health care.

A Look Back At Some Of The Week's Biggest LGBT News Stories

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every F...

We Must Not Forget Jane Doe's Humanity

Chase Strangio | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

Last Friday, I traveled to Niantic, Connecticut to visit with Jane Doe, a transgender 16-year-old being held at the high security York Correctional Facility for adult women. Jane has been sitting alone at York for 51 days.

WATCH: Incredible Story Of Transgender Son Will Have You Ugly Crying... And Then Cheering

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Two of the greatest things a parent can give a child in this life are unconditional love and acceptance, and the Whittingtons have done just that. ...

The Truth About Anti-Trans* Slurs

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

We must find a way to understand the damage we do. We can't continue to throw around words that we don't find personally offensive and wash our hands of the harm they cause to someone else. If we do anything less than put an end to the use of anti-trans* slurs, then we are just bullies.

Get Photographed For This Celebration Of Trans And Gender Non-Conforming People

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

"The Transcending Gender Project" is a compelling new body of work that aims to celebrate transgender and gender non-conforming individuals as people,...

WATCH: 'A Letter To The Girl I Used To Be'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

When Emily Smith was just 11-years-old, she said out loud she didn't want to live anymore. She told her therapist she did not foresee living past 21. ...

Radio Hosts 'Wish We Could Take Back' On-Air Comments Blasting Transgender Health Care

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices

The New York radio personalities who were fired last week after blasting the expansion of transgender health care benefits on the air have issued a fo...

RuPaul Responds To Controversy Over The Word 'Tranny'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

RuPaul has finally responded to the controversy surrounding the word "tranny," as well as the use of "she-mail" on popular reality television show "Ru...

LISTEN: Radio Hosts Fired Over SHOCKING Transphobic Broadcast

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

A pair of New York radio hosts have been fired after sparking controversy with an on-air rant over the recent expansion of transgender health care ben...

Why Coming Out As Transgender At The Office Is More Difficult Than Announcing You're Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender rights advocate Beck Bailey spoke at length about the unique challenges facing the community in the workplace in a HuffPost Live interview...

CeCe McDonald Shares The Struggles Of Being A Trans Woman In A Male Prison Facility

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist CeCe McDonald was sentenced to 41 months in prison for manslaughter after a racist and transphobic attack against her turned dead...

Male Divas of Broadway: Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, and Terrance McNally

Richard Alther | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Two of the brightest stars presently on Broadway are not just bending sex stereotypes, but, in truth, transcending gender.

It Has Been Getting Better For Transgender Teens -- But Cultural Concerns Remain

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had k...